CNN’s Ivan Watson reported from northern Syria on Sunday, where he witnessed rebel fighters launch an offensive against a Syrian army base north of Aleppo.
“The offensive began around sunset, and we’ve been watching a constant stream of tracer fire emerging from the location where the Syrian army base is,” Watson said.
Aleppo is a key city in the ongoing battles between the Free Syrian Army and President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. It has been embroiled in bloodshed since since rebels burned a police a station and spurred fights in the city Wednesday. In response, the Syrian government launched a violent offensive on Saturday.
Watson describes what appears to be a well-coordinated offensive organized by a rebel unit called the "Unity Brigade” against a Syrian military stronghold. This is despite the rebels' frequent claims that they do not have sufficient artillery to fight off the government army.
“I was able to see one of their ammo dumps last night with one of their commanders,” Watson said of the rebels. “He had boxes and boxes of, especially, rocket propelled grenade rounds - they’re the cones that go on the tips of rocket propelled grenade launchers - as well as heavy machine gun rounds.”
Watson said the ammo had “clearly” come from neighboring Turkey, though fighters denied it.
The base is between what Watson described as the battle-scarred, rebel-held town of Anadan and a nearby neighborhood.
Watson said he saw tracer fire that was “at times firing out in three separate directions simultaneously.” He said he was “also seeing explosions and blasts and what appears to be support heavy artillery being fired from Aleppo itself.”
Though Watson said the government army base clearly has heavier weapons, the rebels appeared to have it surrounded.
“I imagine it’s a very scary evening inside that army base right now,” he said.